Health issues and physical limitations often make it difficult for seniors to get the nutrients they need for a balanced diet. Poor nutrition and malnutrition occur in 15 to 50 percent of the elderly population. Weight loss, disorientation, lightheadedness, lethargy and loss of appetite are often mistaken for illness or disease when they are actually
symptoms of malnutrition.
6 percent of seniors consume fewer than 1000 calories a day, which is insufficient to maintain adequate nutrition. There are many reasons why a senior may skip a meal - from forgetfulness and depression to dental problems and loneliness. Many seniors also need encouragement to drink more fluids, which helps the body to function effectively and reduce the risk of Urinary Tract Infections.
Home Health Care Aides will cook nutritious meals and provide companionship while your loved one eats. Nothing brings people together quite like a meal which allows the senior to feel a sense of belonging. Talks of family and friends, discussions about daily news topics and laughing at jokes are just some of the ways seniors can enjoy companionship over a meal, perhaps making it the high point of the
day. They now look forward to meal times, enjoy more nutritious varied foods, and eat and drink more.